Thursday, May 25, 2006

life combines to form a poet

by Adam Huras, For The Independent
The combination of a wealth of life experience that spans several continents, mixed with growth and maturity of age and a continuous love for poetry, has brought local Brighton resident, David Hackett to compile over 250 of his Haiku poems for public presentation.
Entitled “To the Hills from the Plains,” to mirror the landscape of his surrounds growing up as a boy in the North-west frontier of India, Mr. Hackett will debut his collection of poetry in a book signing Saturday, May 27, 12 to 2 p.m. at Lighthouse Books on Main Street in Brighton.
“Seasons in general inspired me to write this poetry,” said Mr. Hackett in an interview with The Independent.
The book is divided into six segments combining a range of subjects that Mr. Hackett has written on while living in Brighton over the last two decades. Strictly a book of Haiku, Mr. Hackett chose this particular art form for its sense of discipline and regimental five-seven-five syllable format that parallels parts of his life.
“I have always been interested in poetry,” said Mr. Hackett. “I don’t remember when I came upon Haiku per se, but I feel its discipline is fitted to my life’s journey.”
Mr. Hackett’s early years were spent in India before he returned to England at the age of six for his education, where he graduated after four years at Charterhouse School and entered Dartmouth Naval College in 1941. He served in the Royal Navy for six years, both above and below sea, and then resigned his commission after the war. He became a chartered accountant and joined the art materials firm of Reeves and Sons in the year he was married.
With a family of four children, he and his wife immigrated to Ontario in 1958 and the last of five children arrived in 1965.
Managing the Canadian subsidiary of Reeves for ten years, Mr. Hackett then joined the Department of Customs and Excise in 1974. He retired from the office of the Auditor General of Canada in 1987 and settled in Brighton, Ontario, the hometown of one of his children.
Mr. Hackett’s interest in calligraphy also shows throughout his poetry’s publication with Chinese characters representing each segment of the compilation as scripted by him.
Haiku combines a relationship with nature often referencing the four seasons, which is evident in Mr. Hackett’s work.
This publication doesn’t end Mr. Hackett’s love for writing Haiku. He still continues to write on current issues and other timely occurrences that strike him with a need for verse. Happy with his first ever publication of poetry including its dynamic categorization and layout, Mr.Hackett isn’t ruling out a second edition.
“Should there be a second volume I will have to think of a different format,” he said jokingly.
The publication is truly a local affair as former editor of The Independent, Bart Kreps was in charge of both design and layout of the book, with Conolly Publishing Ltd. printing the volume of poetry.
Published in The Independent May 24, 2006

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